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 Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018

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PostSubject: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 2:36



Don't really think anymore needs to be said, So long Big Eagle!

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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 8:24

I can't be thankful enough to Robin Miller, who spent a lot of time with Gurney, did a serie of short videos, spoke about dinners with the old guys like Dan, Mario, Parnelli Jones, A.J... There's a lot to learn from these legends. Dan's passing is very sad. Godspeed...

http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/146727-miller-gurney-all-american-treasure

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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 9:29

Oh no Sad 

It's so sad to see that generation of great drivers passing away one after another in the last years. I know it's life, and their time has comed, but there will be a big emptyness once they are all gone. Neutral

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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 9:36

Mon souvenir de Dan Gurney restera toujours associé à mes premiers souvenirs des 24 Heures du Mans :



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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 11:06

I was at the IMS museum at the same time as he and his family the day before the 500 in 2015. That felt like a huge honor, to stand feet away from him while they reminisced about his old cars.

Race in peace, legend.

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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 11:16

So sad Sad

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/opinion/us-racing/dan-gurney-1931-2018
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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 16:08

A Finnish newspaper labeled Dan Gurney as the driver who started the tradition of spraying champagne on the podium, as if that defines the career of the great man. One of the true legends of motorsport, with achievements to his name most can only dream of, and one of my favourite drivers ever since I first played GPL.

Rest in peace, Dan.

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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 16:13

People often say Mario Andretti is the most versatile driver ever to take a wheel in hand; Gurney was also more than worthy of that description. He won in F1, Indy cars, sports cars and NASCAR.  AND, of course -- his shop gave us many important race cars through the years. The Eagle Indy car series, the AAR Toyotas, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Daniel Sexton Gurney 1931 - 2018   Mon 15 Jan 2018 - 16:27

Reading the chapter about the Toyota Eagles in the Mike Fuller IMSA GTP book these days, I came to think about his age and what he might be involved at the moment... Crying or Very sad

A fascinating man who lived a colourful life left us.

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